Top 5 on The Strip: Comic book roles with multiple actors


1. Bat­man
The Dark Knight has long been a friend of the big and small screen. Five actors have stepped into the dual role of Bruce Wayne and Bat­man: Adam West in the 1966 tele­vi­sion show, Michael Keaton in 1989’s Bat­man and 1992’s Bat­man Returns, Val Kilmer in 1995’s Bat­man For­ever, George Clooney in 1997’s Bat­man and Robin, and Chris­t­ian Bale in the Dark Knight tril­ogy of films from 2005 to 2012.

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2. Super­man
At least six men have played the iconic super­hero in tele­vi­sion and film roles. Start­ing with George Reeves in 1951, the role was then taken the big screen by Christo­pher Reeve in four films from 1978 to 1987, then tele­vi­sion by Dean Cain in 1993 and Tom Welling­ton in 2001, and back to film by Bran­don Routh in 2006 and Henry Cav­ill in 2013.

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3. Spider-Man
There have only been two actors to suit up as the friendly neigh­bor­hood wall-crawler: Tobey Macguire for three out­ings in 2002, 2004 and 2007; and Andrew Garfield in two films in 2012 and 2014.

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4. The Joker
Batman’s arch neme­sis has only appeared three times but each time has been mem­o­rable, film or tele­vi­sion. Cae­sar Romero orig­i­nated the role of the mani­a­cal clown prince of crime with the tele­vi­sion ver­sion of Bat­man also star­ring Adam West. Jack Nichol­son took over the role oppo­site Michael Keaton in 1989’s Bat­man, Mark Hamill has voiced the Joker for Bat­man: The Ani­mated Series and Heath Ledger posthu­mously won an Oscar for his por­trayal in The Dark Knight.

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5. The Hulk
Four actors have por­trayed the unsta­ble Dr. Bruce Ban­ner and his coun­ter­part, the Incred­i­ble Hulk. Body­builder Lou Fer­rigno played the Hulk while Bill Bixby played the good doc­tor in the live action tele­vi­sion ver­sion first. Hulk moved to the sil­ver screen and was first por­trayed by Eric Bana, then Ed Nor­ton and finally, Mark Ruffalo.

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